Thursday, 20 November 2014

Recipe: Salmon salad

I'm not kidding, detoxing for nine weeks is not an easy task!  The hardest part is eating out, and this is something I've discovered I do A LOT and I simply refuse to STOP.  It does make you feel like an outsider and you also feel a little awkward around the people your with, as you don't want to be a pain but you don't want to compromise what your trying to achieve.

You can therefore imagine my excitement when I do find something to eat on the menu that ticks every single box for me.  My delight came on my recent visit to Selfridges, from their in-house French restaurant Aubaine. On their menu was no ordinary salad, they had a Supersalad - which provided me with lots of the things I need to include into my daily diet  (Priced very reasonably at £9).

Aubaine's food, service and restaurant was fantastic, a must for any of you on your next visit to Selfridges.  You can check out their website here.


So inspired by this salad, I decided to make a little extra effort the following day for lunch and create my own - I was very happy with it and it looked and tasted fabulous.  Yes it took a little longer to make than just "chucking" it all into a bowl, but I really enjoyed eating it too! So here's what I did and hopefully you might have a go yourself.




Ingredients:

  • Fillet of Salmon (Place on foil that has been greased lightly with olive oil, add a couple of slices of lemons, sprinkle of thyme and then add a few drops of either milk or white wine - wrap the foil so that you make a parcel place in a hot oven for 15-20 mins - be careful when opening as lots of steam will come out!)
  • Butternut Squash (Cut up a single portion into small dices cubes - place in a hot oven with olive oil and roast for approx 20-25 mins)
  • Spinach
  • Watercress
  • Cherry tomatoes - slice in two
  • Cucumber - chopped
  • Sugarsnap peas - chopped
  • Sweetcorn - (I used tinned - just a few spoonfuls)
  • Pomegranates (I underestimated how much time it takes to get them out!  Allow a good 15 mins in your timings, but they add a real freshness to the salad)
Mix together in a bowl and drizzle a small amount of good quality extra virgin olive oil and balsalmic vinegar.


Enjoy x





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Saturday, 15 November 2014

It's party season!!

Last Saturday I headed to Selfridges with my girlfriend Emma to check out the dresses and jumpsuits for this season's party time!

If your looking for something to wear and your not sure exactly what you want, the best place to start is a Department store - this gives you a taster for different designers and high-street and you can usually try them on all in the same dressing room.  (I say usually, the Karen Millen sales exec had some issues with Emma and I walking off with HER dresses!!)

Image from homepage of Selfridges


We found lots of sequinned dresses this season; so glitter and glam is everywhere and if your not keen on wearing it, you can accessorise with it!  Lot of choice too in dress length; to the knee, long gowns and of course the stylish jumpsuit which has been vamped up for evening.

So get trying on!  The more you try on lots of different styles the easier it will be to find that special outfit. Here are a few top tips to get you started:

  • Go with a girlfriend - it's so much more fun!
  • Make sure that what your wearing to shop in, is quick and easy to take on and off!  As you'll spend quite a bit of time just in your bra and knickers….
  • Get the sales assistant to work for you - got the wrong size or colour? simply ask them to go find the right one
  • You won't have any time to lose weight, exercise intensively or change your body shape (which you can't do by the way ;) ) - Party season is now, so if it doesn't fit today it won't fit on the night!
  • Stay true to yourself  - Emma and I needed dresses to compliment each other - a real challenge when we are two different kinds of people with two different body shapes and sizes.  But by sticking to our own style values, we achieved it!
  • If at first you don't succeed, keep trying more on ;)


Here's a few we found in Selfridges that you might just love…


Floral is a big trend this season!

KAREN MILLEN

Fitted floral brocade dress
£199

Karen Millen at Selfridges



KAREN MILLEN
Structured tailored jumpsuit
£215

Karen Millen



We spent a lot of time in Miss Selfridge's dressing room - and the assistant was very helpful!  We tried on lots of sequinned dresses between us - however I've checked both websites and their long gowns are not featured online, so please go visit the store as you'll love these!  But here's a taster

RUBY FIT AND FLARE DRESS
Was £150, now £105


Miss Selfridge



Later this month you'll find out were Emma and I are going to and we'll be sharing our two fabulous dresses we bought in a future blogpost (a little hint for now is that they are black….and they are long!)  - We are sooooo excited!




Sunday, 9 November 2014

Go nuts and fruity for breakfast!

Firstly I want to thank all my readers who loved the A powerful new breakfast routine! post; your feedback and comments were fab, and it was great to see that some of you had a go and even posted your smoothies on Instagram.  Thank you.

So for those of you who are keen to continue  and looking for more healthy breakfast options, here's an alternative to a smoothie. 




Ingredients

  • 40g of porridge oats (mine are gluten free)
  • 160ml of Koko fresh coconut milk (I've add a little more as I don't like my porridge too thick)
  • One cup of frozen raspberries (take them out the night before and defrost in fridge)
  • Two to three desert spoons of mixed grounded nuts; almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecan and walnuts


Top tips

  1. You can swap fresh coconut milk with unsweetened almond milk
  2. Instead of frozen raspberries, I've also used blueberries - this will turn your porridge purple, which I love!!
  3. Prepare as much as you can the night before, so that it's hassle free on your busy mornings


Dont' forget at breakfast time...
Step 1 - a large glass of water
Step 2 - a cup of hot water with lemon
Step 3 - a smoothie or porridge oats


Please continue to give me your feedback, I love it!

Enjoy…

Lizzi

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The photographer, the fashion designer and little old me

On Sunday I headed to the V&A Museum to check out a new exhibition about Horst - Photographer of Style.  Horst was one of the world's leading photographers of fashion, theatre and high-society women, and his work frequently made the front cover of Vogue - say no more!!

Image of postcard for @lovedbylizzi instagram

Now I'd love to tell you more about the exhibition, and all that I saw, however I was seriously distracted! Distracted by the fact that Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham was there!!

I was standing by my favourite photo of Chanel, which was taken by Horst - and to my surprise I found them both next to me.  It was the perfect moment that I was cherish forever!

I texted my girlfriends with my news and unsurprisingly the questions back were:

  1. How skinny is she?
  2. What's she wearing?

She looked amazing, yes she's slim but I wouldn't say she looks like she needs a meal.  On the contrary, I think she looks really healthy and her skin, eyes and hair where radiant and bright.  She looked fantastic. It's inspired me to do even more with my own health.

I was also surprised by how natural she looked; not a lot of make-up, hair tied up in a pony tail  - no false tan, no big hair, very natural and dare I say normal?!

She was wearing blue skinny jeans with knee high flat boots, with a grey (I'm guessing cashmere as it looked expensive) crew neck jumper, with a black tote back.

So if you want to get this look yourself, here are my suggestions…


NEXT
Premium Washed Skinny Jeans
£48





ASOS 
Premium Cashmere Rich Crew Neck Jumper
£70.00





House of Fraser
Bertie Pixie Button Boot
£169.00



River Island
Black Tote bag
£45.00





Horst - Photographer of Style is on at the V&A Museum until the Sunday 4th January 2015







Friday, 31 October 2014

Essential Classic: The wrap dress

Starting on the 4 November on the E channel, is a new show called House of DVF.  Now for those of you who perhaps don't know what DVF stands for, this is Diane von Furstenberg!!!  She is an amazing women, who I love. #girlpower

A Belgium fashion designer who lives in the USA; who's renowned for making the best wrap dresses in the world!  Her new fashion reality tv programme kicks starts on the 4th November - you'll see from the video below there are a number of girls all trying to compete to get the one job! (Which really should be for me ;) )

A wrap dress is simply a dress with a front closure, that goes around the body by wrapping one side across the other and knotting the attached ties to the side of your body so that it stays firmly tied.  This will form a V-shaped neckline and generally hugs a woman's body as the material is usually jersey or silk. Probably the best body shapes for this type of dress are either Pear or Hour-glass.  And it's meant to be one of the easiest dresses for anyone to wear, regardless of height, weight or dress size.

They come in a variety of colours and patterns; making it versatile for work or for leisure.  They can be dressed up with heels or you can go for a more relaxed look at weekends with sandals.

I wore a blue patterned wrap dress to my 30th birthday party, with a fabulous brooch style necklace and knee-high black boots.


Top tips for buying a wrap dress:

  1. Make sure it fits you properly - high street wrap dresses usually are made in jersey fabric so if you don't buy it big enough then the pattern can stretch, this does not look good!
  2. Be careful about the V-neckline - for very busty women it's highly recommended to wear a modesty top underneath, there is nothing glam about letting it all be seen!
  3. If your going for a pattern, it needs to be in proportion to you! - So if your petite avoid big bold prints it will only overwhelm your appearance, and if your larger avoid teeny-tiny patterns, this will only make you look bigger.
  4. The most flattering of wrap dresses fit best when they finish either on the knee or just slightly above
  5. If you don't like that length - go for Maxi
  6. If the tie is too long/bulky - find a seamstress to make this right for you.  Highstreets tend to make them long so that they fit all sizes of women
  7. Think about the colour - try and pick a colour that's right for your skin tone and natural colourings
  8. If your spending a lot of money, especially like a DVF - opt for one that you can wear frequently like the office, so that you get value out of your investment


In celebration of Diane's new programme, I've selected a few of her wrap dresses.

These first two are ideal for the office!


New Jeanne Two 
Silk Jersey Wrap Dress
In Chain Link Medium
£295






New Julian Two Jersey Wrap Dress

In Purple Haze
£250





Now the next one is a little pricey - but if you were to select one in the right colours, this would be an ideal investment that you can wear on holiday, to the garden party, BBQ or out with girlfriends for lunch. It would last you years.

Heritage New Jeanne Two Long 
Maxi Silk Jersey Wrap Dress

In Twigs Large Green
£520



Here's a preview of what's to come from early November….I'm still so excited!  For those of you who receive this by email, you'll have to click here to view the film.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

A powerful new breakfast routine!

Back in July, I dedicated the entire month to well-being - at that time I had hoped to work with  a nutritionist, but unfortunately it didn't happen.

Three weeks ago I had my first appointment; and I would like to share some of my learnings and successes with my readers, because I'm feeling so much better.  And over the next few weeks, should you decide to try some of the recipes I'm sharing, I hope you will feel the benefit too.

With this new routine, comes a new gadget, NutriBullet - which is simply fantastic!  Having never owned a blender, I really didn't know where to start!  But this little device, breaks down everything that you put into the cup, so quickly and effortlessly it's amazing.  And the best bit is that it makes your smoothie inside of the cup that you are going to drink out of!  Quick, efficient and easy to clear up - perfect for busy people!  I purchased mine from Argos for £99.99 - and I've used it about 6 times already in a week!

So for the first part of the routine, it's all about water.  I was advised that I need to drink a minimum 2 litres of water each day - a tough task when all I really drink is tea.  The new routine comes in three stages:

Step 1 - A large glass of water

This was not natural to me, but after a few days it now feels so - and I like the thought that the first thing I consume into my body is water.

Step 2 - Cup of hot water with lemon

This is really quite refreshing; you need to consume the entire amount before eating anything, so if your time poor like me, then after it's brewed for about a minute or two I then add cold water to allow me to drink it quicker.  I've been using my vintage tea cup, to make it seem a treat.  Small things like that can really help change your habits.



Step 3 - A green smoothie

The recipe below is from NutriBullet , they call it their Toxin Cleansing Blast.

So in your blender cup, you need to add:

  • 1-2 handfuls of washed spinach
  • 1 cored pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cored small apple
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • And some water. 

Depending on how thick you like your smoothies you adjust the amount of water you add - I personally like mine slightly on the thicker side, even if this means having to use a spoon to consume it.


A smoothie is a meal, you will feel full as that was one of my concerns - just think how much goodness you are getting into your body in one drink, that you've made yourself so you know nothing else has been added!






I hope you have a go…

Enjoy!